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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Mrs Angele Anderson <>
Reply-To: Mrs Angele Anderson <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 05:12:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Compensation Funds Approved.

Compensation Funds Approved.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. You may not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me,you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Paraguay who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to my new partner's account in Paraguay that was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity,courage and trust worthiness you shown during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum ofUS$ I have left a certified internationally accepted ATM CARD withdrawal any where in the world for you.

My Dear friend do well to contact my secretary on her email address,her name is Mrs. Loretta Roberts. for collection of your ATM CARD.Her Email:( I have authorized her to release the ATM CARD to you whenever you ask him for it. At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token in good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with Mrs. Loretta Roberts directives so that she will send you the ATM without any delay required so furnish him with the below information to enable her

deliver the ATM to you on time:

1.FULL NAMES:______________________
2.ADDRESS:____________ __________
3.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_______________
4.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________

Hoping to hear from you.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Mrs Angele Anderson.

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